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Release: July 29, 1999
UI Research Foundation appoints Happe as licensing
IOWA CITY, Iowa Daniel Happe has been named
to the staff of the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) as a licensing
associate who will help faculty and staff pursue patents for their work.
Happe will work with current UIRF staff to gather
and evaluate invention disclosures from university researchers, and then work
with outside counsel to coordinate the filing of patent applications on selected
inventions. Additionally, he will negotiate agreements with corporate partners
interested in making commercial use of UI inventions.
Happe's appointment was effective July 6.
"I am very excited to join the UIRF, and I am eager
to tackle the challenges associated with a growing technology transfer office.
I am also very pleased to have the opportunity to work with inventors and
assist in the successful transfer of university technologies to those who
need them most," said Happe.
"We are delighted to have Dan as a new colleague.
His professional background in both science and law will allow him to make
an immediate and important contribution to our efforts to manage intellectual
property created at the university," said BruceWheaton, UIRF executive director.
Before joining the UIRF, Happe was a law clerk for
Minneapolis attorney Michael Daugherty, working in business and contract law.
Happe, a native of Sioux City, received his law degree from the William Mitchell
College of Law and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1999. He has a bachelor's
degree in chemistry/marketing from the University of Northern Iowa.
His juris doctor thesis focused on software licensing
and copyright policy. He also studied technology transfer, licensing and acquisition
agreements and other intellectual property issues at the Franklin Piece Law
Center in Concord, N.H.
The UIRF is a nonprofit corporation established in
1975 to manage intellectual property arising from UI research. The UIRF has
experienced significant growth in the past five years, receiving 90 invention
disclosures and filing 70 patent applications in fiscal year 1998.